You would be amazed at how many letters, calls and emails I receive from poets interested in joining our writing team. Many are heartfelt and a privilege to read, and many are cleverly constructed in rhyme.
Although this is very flattering, and what I consider to be a perk of the job, it is not always possible to reply to everybody immediately. Inevitably, the needs of our customers, stockists and current team come first, so that emails from prospective bespoke poets often languish (to my shame) at the bottom of my inbox.
So, I thought it would be useful to clarify what we are looking for in a bespoke poet - and what we are not!
If you have done your research you will realise that 'Bespoke Verse' offers a higher end product within the very diverse world of personalised poetry.
Our writers have included journalists, actresses, writers, teachers and currently, two Oxbridge alumni. We have completed over 3,000 personalised poems for a range of recipients from retiring teachers to 'Eastenders' actresses.
We pay our writers professional rates and therefore expect a professional standard of execution. To put it quite simply, it is rare that poets who contact us are the right fit for the team.
This is what I get excited about:
- Experience of writing for a living or to a deadline
- A wide and interesting vocabulary
- Wit (we don't overdo the sentiment and if we do we avoid being cheesy.)
- The ability to pack in as much information as possible without resorting to 'filling'
- Tight rhymes and the ability to write in iambic pentameter
- The ability to adopt our house style with ease
- The ability to select the relevant information out of the often lengthy notes provided and to understand how the recipient (as opposed to the customer) might want to see themselves portrayed
Over the last six years, I've been lucky to work with some wonderful poets, especially our lead poet Yasmin, who is, quite frankly, a rhyming genius. But I have also spent many a secretive hour injecting humour and colour into poems which aren't good enough for our customers, only to find out later on that the aforesaid writer has established a replica businesses! We live and learn.
Therefore, you won't be considered if:
- You are considering setting up a poetry business or already run one. (You may be asked to sign an NDA or NCA so I can protect the years of hardwork that has gone into building up my business.)
- Your sample poems don't demonstrate a flair for witty rhyming couplets
- You will need a lot of support and advice with your work - we will give feedback, of course, but we are looking for writers with experience of some kind
If you do fit the bill, and have not been put off entirely (!), then we look forward to hearing from you. Please email us your application at firstname.lastname@example.org, including:
- Your CV
- A sample 26 line personalised poem written in rhyming couplets and iambic pentameter
At the time of writing we do not have any vacancies, but work can come up at short notice (especially in wedding season) so let us know if you would like to be placed on standby. If so, we may ask you to complete a trial poem.
All the best,